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Life goes on - generation after generation - at 39steps!

By Sofia, Apr 28 2020 05:46PM

When I arrived back to Skopelos in March, I noticed that a beautiful plant, Jackman's Rue Blue which graced the courtyard for years, was not in a good condition and might not survive the winter.


Sadly, that was the case and at first I was upset. The best thing about this plant was that apart from not needing much care, year after year it attracted the most exotic butterflies, which adopted the plant as their home. They would appear sometime in the spring (once as early as March), breeze around the garden showing off their exotic wings and generally floating from flower to flower feeding on nectar. True, in the autumn, when they laid their eggs on the rue it was a messy nuisance as the hungry grubs denuded much of the foliage, but the plants always recovered. Against the pleasure gained in the long run it did not matter.


Sad that the Jackman's Rue Blue had died, I was delighted to see, when I removed the stump of the dried trunk, its seedlings germinating through the ground. New life! It will be some time before the seedlings reach the size of the mother plant but it pleases me nevertheless that the next generation of the rue will be there to grace my garden and be a home to clouds of butterflies.


Especially in these strange times (but also, to be honest, at any time) I refect how lucky to have this space to simply walk out and observe nature at work.


Jackmans Blue rue
Jackmans Blue rue
Rue seedlings nestling between sage leaves
Rue seedlings nestling between sage leaves
Rue seedlngs near the mother root
Rue seedlngs near the mother root
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I'm Sofia, 39 Steps' owner and host. This is an occasional blog to keep in touch with my regular guests, give a taste of Skopeliti life and share my experiences of foraging through the summer season

 

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